Four Promises You Can Count On
God has always shown Himself faithful by carrying out His promises and His warnings. In the book of Lamentations the prophet Jeremiah declares,
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.- Lamentations 3:22-23
This statement of God's great faithfulness comes from the prophet's lips at a time when God is bringing consequences upon His people who have rejected and disobeyed Him. Yet in the midst of carrying out His justice, the prophet Jeremiah sees Him as the great faithful God. How refreshing is this, in a day when unfaithfulness is the norm. From corporate America, to government officials, to husbands and wives, to personal friendships, where today is there any faithfulness to be found?
If you have come to Christ by faith, you have received His forgiveness because of His finished work on the cross, and you can rejoice and rest in all of His promises. Here are four of them:
- You have daily, immediate cleansing of sin (1 John 1:9). The Lord invites you as His child to come to Him to confess your sin. Notice this verse says He is faithful and just to forgive your sin. In other words, God does not merely forgive sin because He sweeps it under the rug through wishful thinking or by pretending it is not there. No, He is able to forgive because His justice has been fully satisfied by Christ's death on the cross. The almighty God fully exhausted His wrath on Jesus at Calvary (Isaiah 53:10; Matt. 26:39) because of this, there is no longer any wrath left for those who are in Christ (Rom. 3:26).
- You can grow in daily contentedness (Heb. 13:5). The promise declared here is Jesus will always be with you, no mater what. He is your ever faithful, intimate friend committed to never leave or forsake you, no matter what’s going on in your life. Notice what the first part of v. 5 says about our lives and how they should be lived in light of Jesus' faithfulness "Keep your life free from the love of money" and "be content with what you have". Heb. 13:5 teaches that you can grow in contentedness, and this contentedness flows from clearly seeing Jesus as the one who will never leave you or forsake you.
- You have been given the Holy Spirit who is your Comforter and Helper (John 14:16). Before Jesus left His apostles and ascended into heaven, He promised to send a Helper. You now have the indwelling Holy Spirit who guides, comforts and empowers you each and every day.
- You have the assurance of God’s strength (Isa. 41:10). The Lord has promised to strengthen you and encourage you, especially in and through times of fear, confusion and pain.
There are many more promises of God to be found in the pages of Scripture. Which of His promises are most precious / helpful / inspiring to you?
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